Winnipeg Jets Prospects Evaluation 2011 to 2013

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The Jets are holding their Prospects Training Camp today. Related to that is how well Winnipeg Jets Management have done with cultivating a pool of viable prospects. The Winnipeg Jets conducted their first draft (June 24-25, 2011) within a month of moving the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (May 31, 2011). Now two year later in 2013, we are starting to see some improvement in the future prospects of the Jets.

This blog post summarizes the work of Corey Pronman of who has completed an evaluation of all NHL prospects. By focusing on the Jets prospects standings for the last two years and player performance stats, I can provide a final evaluation about where each Prospect from 2011 stands in 2013 in making the Jets. Note that the stats for each league is combined regular season and playoffs games.

Next year, I will do the same process, but it will be years 2012 to 2014.

The Jets have been getting better according to Corey Pronman. In 2011, the Jets were ranked 29 out of 30 teams. In 2012 they moved up six positions to be ranked 23 of 30 teams. And in just this year, they moved up an astounding 11 positions to be ranked 12 out of 30 teams. The prospect pool for the Jets is getting stronger and that’s not surprising since the Jets are not rushing their young players through like Atlanta used to.

The Jets prospect pool has improved from being at the bottom to being in the middle of the pack in three drafts. 2013 will be the year we should see that potential translate to on-ice outcomes. It is looking like the Jets being cocky and taking Scheifele so early in the 2011 draft is looking promising given his dominating year in the OHL.


2011-2013 NHL Organizational Rankings by Corey Pronman
Winnipeg Jets Top 10 Prospects * 2011 – 29th of 30 2012 – 23rd of 30 2013 – 12th of 30
Prospect, Position 2011-12 Stats 2012-13 Stats Chance for 2013-14 Jets Grad/Good/Fair/Poor/Lost
1. Paul Postma, Defense Games: 3 NHL, 71 AHL | Points: 0 NHL, 54 AHL Games: 34 NHL, 27 AHL | Points: 9 NHL, 18 AHL Grad – Expected to be Jets 6th or 7th defenceman
2. Mark Scheifele, Center Games: 7 NHL, 60 OHL | Points: 1 NHL, 75 OHL Games: 4 NHL, 66 OHL | Points: 0 NHL, 120 OHL Good – dominated OHL and should make Jets
3. Arturs Kulda, Defense Games: 9 NHL, 76 AHL | Points: 0 NHL, 21 AHL Games: 57 KHL | Points: 16 KHL Poor – getting lost in the pack
4. Ivan Telegin, Center Games: 59 OHL | Points: 78 OHL Games: 34 AHL | Points: 10 AHL Fair – had some injuries, needs more time
5. Carl Klingberg, Right Wing Games: 6 NHL, 78 AHL | Points: 0 NHL, 39 AHL Games: 66 AHL | Points: 23 AHL Poor – getting lost in the pack
6. Spencer Machacek, Right Wing Games: 13 NHL, 61 AHL | Points: 9 NHL, 50 AHL Games: 75 AHL | Points: 39 AHL Lost – traded to Blue Jackets and is currently in AHL
7. Julian Melchiori, Defense Games: 61 OHL | Points: 37 OHL Games: 52 AHL | Points: 8 AHL Poor – getting lost in the pack, needs more time
8. Adam Lowry, Left Wing Games: 36 WHL | Points: 37 WHL Games: 9 AHL, 72 WHL | Points: 1 AHL, 88 WHL Poor – getting lost in the pack, needs more time
9. Daultan Leveille, Center Games: 21 CCHA | Points: 9 CCHA Games: 19 AHL, 31 ECHL | Points: 2 AHL, 10 ECHL Lost – not signed and is currently in ECHL
10. Akim Aliu, Right Wing Games: 2 NHL, 47 AHL | Points: 3 NHL, 15 AHL Games: 5 NHL, 42 AHL | Points: 0 NHL, 11 AHL Lost – traded to Flames and is currently in AHL
*Jason Gregoire, Left Wing, would have made this list, but Corey Pronman did not have enough information to do a sufficient profile.

Did you know?

Did you know that only 2 of the 10 top prospects from 2011 is looking like they will be on the 2013 team?
Three of the 10 were lost for various reasons.

I am sorry to see Machacek gone as I saw him being a tenacious and effective bottom six forward that the Jets needed.

About The Author:

Chris Billows is a knowledge seeker who believes in social responsibility, a health care professional, and a business dabbler. The Journals of Doc Surge is his personal blog. Doc Surge (a cool synonym for Billows) is inspired by Doc Brass from the Planetary Comic series who in turn was inspired by the 1930s pulp hero Doc Savage.

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